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72 DIY Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Adults

Looking for a new-ish Christmas tradition? These Christmas Eve Box ideas (for adults) stretch the Christmas joy out even longer.

christmas eve box ideas for adults

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house….

All the creatures were scurrying to open their Christmas Eve Boxes!

But seriously, have you heard of this new-ish Christmas Eve tradition? 

It’s when you get to open a single gift – usually packaged in a decorative box – on Christmas Eve. 

It’s usually for kids, but I think adults deserve to have a little fun too! 

So this year, we’re making up some Christmas Eve boxes for the adults in our lives.

I’ve gathered a few festive ideas and goodies and thought I’d share them with you today so that you can make your very own holiday boxes of joy. 

What’s the Point of a Christmas Eve Box? Aren’t Adults Too Old for That?

I believe you’re never too old to give or receive special gifts, especially at Christmas!

It’s been a hard year for many of us, and these gift boxes are just a small way to spread joy to those we love. 

The whole idea behind a Christmas Eve box is to relieve some of the anticipation of Christmas Day and deliver a slice of it a tad early. 

Sure, it’s usually focused on the kids and for good reason. The spirit of Christmas in their little hearts is so refreshing. 

But, I think we as adults can join in on this Christmas Eve box tradition without stealing their spotlight.

So think about your spouse, mom, dad, and grandparents and make it a family affair. Instead of a box for each, you could just put together one box for a couple to share (whether married or dating). 

I have some fun gift ideas for couples that would make great additions to a Christmas Box. Be sure to check out that post!

I’ll walk you through how to put together the perfect little gift basket for Christmas Eve to make the evening extra special for all. 

How to DIY a Christmas Eve Box

Honestly, anything goes as long as it can fit inside some sort of box or container. Exactly which gifts you choose for your night before Christmas box all depends on who you’re giving it to. 

Consider the person’s hobbies, interests, likes, and dislikes to determine which items will put a smile on their face. 

Christmas Eve presents for adults really aren’t too hard to come up with, and as you’ll see, the actual process of building the box is pretty easy too. 

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

+ Box, Basket, or Crate

You’ll need some sort of container to hold your items. Choose something with enough space for the different items you want to include (I’ll provide some ideas in a bit). 

The goal is to fit as much as possible to make it truly exciting to open. 

You can choose from different storage options, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. 

I really like the look of these personalized plaid boxes and even moreso, these birch plywood boxes that literally say “Christmas Eve Box, however you can be as creative as you want here. 

+ Decorations Like Ribbons, Paint, and Christmas-Themed Accents

When it comes to decorating the box, tailor it to the recipient. For instance, if they’re a minimalist, keep it clean and simple. 

If they’re a colorful personality, jazz it up.

I like to stick to things like bows, stickers, monogram lettering and pretty ribbon. You can find cheap Christmas accents all holiday season at local stores like the Dollar Tree or online at Amazon. 

Matter of fact, I just saw some gold leaf ribbon that would look beautiful around a Christmas Eve box. 

+ Filler Like Tissue Paper, Twine, and Confetti

Keep the gifts covered by using some filler items, such as tissue paper and confetti. You can also add colored shredded paper to the basket for decorative purposes. 

And I’m a sucker for a cute printable holiday gift tag

Although it’s optional, these extra touches go a long way in communicating your thoughtfulness.

+ The Gifts

Don’t forget the gifts. They’re the most important part of the box. Once you have the accessories and supplies for the box itself, it’s time to pack it with love. 

72 Festive Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Adults (To Bring Out Their Inner Child)

Whether you’re making a box for your husband/wife, mom/dad, uncle/aunt/counsins, friend, or coworker, I’ve gathered plenty of ideas to get you started. There’s something for everyone on this list. 

As you shop for Christmas Eve box fillers for adults, keep the recipient in mind and try to tailor it to their personality.

Ok, here you go:

  1. Fuzzy Socks
  2. Gift Cards
  3. Festive PJs
  4. Shower Gel
  5. Body Lotion
  6. Nail Polish
  7. Face Mask
  8. Eye Mask
  9. Lip Scrub
  10. Hot Chocolate Packets
  11. Shot Glass
  12. Cologne
  13. Perfume
  14. Phone Case
  15. Earrings
  16. Necklace
  17. Candles
  18. Wax Melts
  19. Lip Balm
  20. Eyeshadow Palette
  21. Game Card
  22. New Video Game
  23. Book
  24. Ceramic Figurine
  25. Keychain
  26. Bubble Bath
  27. Headbands
  28. Fitness Watch
  29. Fitted Hat
  30. Graphic T-Shirt
  31. Picture Frame
  32. Hair Clips
  33. Adult Coloring Book
  34. Foot Peel Mask
  35. Portable Back Massager
  36. Scalp Massaging Tool
  37. Shampoo
  38. Conditioner
  39. Playing Cards
  40. Bandanas
  41. Candy
  42. Chocolate
  43. Air Freshener
  44. Hand Towels
  45. Cozy Blanket
  46. Mini Wine Bottles
  47. Paint Set
  48. Men’s or Women’s Razors
  49. Beard Balm
  50. Shaving Cream
  51. Phone Mount
  52. Beer Coats
  53. Bath Bombs
  54. Car Towels
  55. Makeup Sponge
  56. Makeup Brushes
  57. Hair Scrunchies
  58. Stuffed Animal
  59. Wall Art
  60. Lipstick
  61. Baking Set
  62. Coffee Mug
  63. Wine Glass
  64. Squishy Stress Ball
  65. Portable Speaker
  66. Reusable Water Bottle
  67. Wallet
  68. Coin Purse
  69. Scarf
  70. Bowtie
  71. Belt
  72. Charms for a Charm Bracelet

These are just 72 ideas for a Christmas Eve box. In reality, your options are endless! 
Truly, you could even start 12 days early and do a whole 12 days of Christmas gift theme.

For even more ideas, check out these other gift guides for him/her:

I actually like to go to the store and browse the aisles for gift ideas because you might see something unique that screams their name you wouldn’t have thought of before. 

But what if you don’t have time to DIY?

I’ve got you covered.

4 Fantastic Pre-Filled Adult Christmas Eve Boxes for Last-Minute Gifts

Did you know they actually make done-for-you Christmas Eve boxes that are perfect for adults? 

If you don’t have time to go the homemade or DIY route, you can buy pre-filled boxes based on things they like. 

There are plenty of options out there, but I really liked these gift baskets as unique Christmas Eve box ideas.

The Trio Box of Treats

Give tasty snacks as a three-part gift with the Trio Box of Treats. The box includes chocolate coins, candy canes, hot chocolate, and bath fizzies! 

It’s the perfect box to get for someone who loves chocolate and candy, along with rest and relaxation. 

The boxes of treats come in decorative packaging with a red bow wrapped around them, making them look even more special. 

The best part about this gift box is that anyone can enjoy it because who doesn’t love sweets?! 

Christmas Eve Box for Her from Etsy

This Christmas Eve Box  is the perfect gift for any woman. It’s an affordable box full of items needed for a day of pampering. 

The boxes contain a comfortable sleeping eye mask, natural lip balm, natural bar of soap, and several other great items. There are also sea salt caramels added to the box to satisfy her sweet tooth. 

This is a great Christmas Eve gift option for your best friend, sister, mother, or any other wonderful woman in your life. 

It basically gives her a way to pamper herself with an at-home spa day, and what woman doesn’t need one of those every now and then? 

I absolutely love Etsy. They have some great gift ideas for him too you can check out here

The Bah Humbug Grandad Gift Box

Let’s not forget Grandpa on Christmas Eve! The Bah Humbug Grandad Gift Box contains tasty vanilla fudge, gingerbread cookies, oolong loose leaf tea, and a pair of cozy socks. 

It’s an ideal gift for an older gentleman who enjoys snacks, hot tea, and some chill time. 

I love that it’s simple and affordable, and you can’t not smile with those cute labels.

The Ultimate Christmas Eve Box for Dad

Get an incredible gift for your father this year with the Ultimate Christmas Eve Box for Dad. This box full of goodies contains all types of items he’ll love, including a decorative coffee mug, exotic and delicious beef jerky, comfortable socks, and a special card to add a personal touch. 

If you have a dad that’s usually difficult to shop for, this box is a great all-around gift and a special treat for him to open on Christmas Eve. 


That about wraps it up. I hope these Christmas Eve box ideas inspire you to include the adults in the fun this year. They deserve it! 

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